Drivers urged to be patient with caravans on the road

Data shows an increase in caravan sales in the past year, according to the RAC. File picture

WITH a surge in caravanners taking to the road over the Easter holidays drivers are being urged to be patient.

According to the RAC their data shows an increase in caravan sales in the past year.

RAC communications manager Rhys Heron said as holidaymakers took to the road it was likely they would be sharing it with some novice caravanners.

“Easter is always one of the busiest times of the year on our roads and in regional WA but we expect even more so this year as Western Australians choose to travel locally,’’ he said.

Mr Heron said there had been a big demand at RAC’s holiday parks and resorts for the long weekend.

He said vehicles towing a caravan could not travel as fast as other cars and needed to allow extra space for turning and breaking in case they had to stop suddenly.

“Many drivers will also be travelling on unfamiliar roads and for longer distances than they are used to.

“We’re urging all road users to exercise patience, slow down and look out for each other – we want everyone to have a great Easter break and make it home safely.’’

On average, 20 people are either killed or seriously injured on WA roads every Easter long weekend with many of the crashes happening in the regional areas.

“Most crashes in regional WA involve cars simply veering off the road or into oncoming traffic, making fatigue, speed and distracted driving major contributors to our horrific level of road trauma.

“So far this year, 41 people have lost their lives on WA roads – including 27 in our regional areas.’’

RAC’s Safe Travels initiative offers free caravan safety training and vehicle checks to ensure Western Australians are travelling safely.